- Trinidad BWIA flight to DR
- Festival Presidente coming up in October
- Puerto Plata Jazz Festival
- It’s time for dance in Santo Domingo
|Trinidad BWIA flight to DR
Trinidad Ambassador Jerry Narace told the Listin Diario that Trinidadian
airline, BWIA is considering using the Dominican Republic as a hub instead of
Miami. The company is studying a direct flight to the Dominican Republic, two
times a week, as a starter. “We want to improve our ties with Latin America
because everyone is consolidating into trade blocks and Trinidad, as one of the
strongest economies in the Caribbean, could headquarter the FTAA,” he explained.
He mentioned that one of the requirements to be the headquarters of the FTAA is
to have air connections with the Americas. “Thus our vision of breaking barriers
and having a direct flight to Santo Domingo with ongoing connections,” Narace
The plan is for BWIA to fly direct using a Boeing 757 with capacity for 153
passengers. He said talks to this end have been held with Tourism Minister
Rafael Subervi and with the Civil Aviation Board.
Narace explained that the direct flight would not only link Trinidad & Tobago
and the DR, but would open new doors to the DR regarding flow of travelers from
Canada, Europe and the Caribbean. He explained that with the new transit visa
processing requirements on behalf of the US government, many passengers will now
need to avoid connecting in the US, and will choose alternate destinations. He
also sees Trinidad as a jumping point to Central America.
Hans Dannenberg, president of the Puerto Plata Hotel Association said that the
plans are for the flight to start flying from Las Americas International Airport
as soon as 14 October. Puerto Plata International Airport would be added shortly
after. He explained a delegation from Trinidad visited Puerto Plata last month.
BWIA serves New York, Miami, Washington in the United States; Toronto in Canada;
London and Manchester in Europe; Barbados, Antigua, Grenada, St. Lucia, St.
Maarten, Jamaica and Cuba in the Caribbean. In addition, it flies to Caracas,
Costa Rica, Suriname and Guyana in the Caribbean.
For updates, see
|Festival Presidente coming up in
Presidente Beer has begun its promotion for the 17-19 October Presidente
Latin Music Festival. The biannual festival is in its fifth version, and is one
of the leading musical extravaganzas in Latin America. The festival this year
will again be held at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Stadium, which was recently
remodeled for the Pan Am Games. According to the festival’s first promos, 400
musicians will go on stage for the event.
So far, Ricardo Arjona, Bacilos and Juanes have been booked. In previous years,
the Presidente Festival has brought together Hispanic stars such as Enrique
Iglesias, Shakira, Ricky Martin, Alejandro Fernández, Thalía, Carlos Vives, Marc
Anthony, Alejandro Sanz, Maná, among others.
In addition to the international big names, several of the leading local stars
|Puerto Plata Jazz Festival
Those interested in attending the 5th Dominican Republic Jazz Festival can
now purchase their tickets online in advance. The festival opens Wednesday, 1
October at Hotel Sosúa Bay (Sosúa) with the participation of Puerto Plata Jazz
Ensemble and Jose Furito Rios and Group from Puerto Rico. It continues on the
next day moving on to Cabarete, with the performance of Gary Davis Band (USA),
Patricia Pereyra and Maniel Group from the Dominican Republic. Both the Sosúa
and Cabarete performances are free.
On Friday, 3 October, Nestor Torres (USA) and Chichi Peralta (Dominican
Republic) take to the stage at the Playa Dorada hotel complex. Tickets: US$20.
And next day, they are back in Sosúa, for a Saturday, 4 October performance with
Mezcla (Cuba) and Chucho Valdes (Cuba) at the Hotel Casa Marina Amhsa
For the first time, the festival goes south to the Gran Teatro del Cibao, where
a Sunday 5 October performance will take place. Performing is Sistema Temperado
of the Dominican Republic, Arturo Sandoval (USA) and Humberto Ramírez and John
Benitez of Puerto Rico. Tickets: US$20.
For booking online and more information, see
|It’s time for dance in Santo Domingo
“Thousand and One Nights” is the name of the Spanish flamenco music
extravaganza booked for the main hall of the National theater on the evenings of
12 and 13 September. The performance is a production of Monika Despradel.
The event coincides with the performances of several leading dance studios on
occasion of the National Dance Festival that is to be staged at the Sala Manuel
Rueda in the National Music Conservatory and School of Beaux Arts complex (Cesar
Nicolas Penson Avenue). Several of the leading Dominican dance companies will
come together for presentations from 11-13 September at the Sala Manuel Rueda.
Participating will be: Ballet Concierto Dominicano, Ballet Clásico de Alina
Abreu, Ballet Roto, Teatro Popular Danzante, Ballet-Escuela Nacional de Danza,
Ballet Clásico de Santiago and the Ballet de Juan Fidel Mieses.
For more information on evenings of drama, classic music and art, see